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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 12, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta KING SIZE LITTER Jodi Gervan, 6, holds one of her 13 Stl Bernard pups as Duchess gazes maternally at the others in a basket. The eight females and five were bom Sunday at the home of John Gervan in Toronto. Mealtime has proved loo much for the mother so five of the king size litter are bottle fed. Edmonton lawyer suggests Alberta legal care system EDMONTON (CP) Should Alberta have a legal care sys- tem similar to medical care in- stead of its present legal aid plan? Yes, says Edmonton lawyer Rostyk Sadownik. No, says Arnold Moir, the lawyer who Is chairman of the Edmonton legal aid comnittee. No, siys Tom Mayson, presi- dent of the Edmonton Bar Asso- ciation. Mr. Sadownik says society must simply decide its priori- ties. "Already we have accepted medical care and since the province started footing the bills for legal aid on July 1, 1970, there is acceptance of the prin- ciple that at least some legal help should be provided for those in trouble with the law, or embroiled in civil disputes who can't afford to pay lawyer said Mr. Sa downik. Under the present Alberta legal aid plan, operated-by the Law Society of Alberta with in provincial taxpayers' money, lawyers contribute their services at a reduced fee. DESERVE PAYMENT Mr. Sadownik said lawyers should be paid their full rate for the services they provide, just as doctors are under the medical care scheme. "Why should a lawyer work for free when a plumber, an Eight southern Albertans attend Regina conference Three southern Alberta dis- trict agriculturists, a c c o m- panied by five farmers, made up the majority of Alberta's representation to the Palliser Wheat Growers' Association convention in Regina. John Capias, regional agri- culturist for the Alberta depart- ment of agriculture, said the reason the men were represent- ed at tie meetings was because wheat is a major commodity in southern Alberta. Mr. Calpas said the new pro- v 1 n c i a 1 government has ex- pressed kterest in marketing. The district agriculturists and the ADA should be in the fore- front in matters .relating to marketing, he said. Some ot the ADA staff from the key wheat growing areas in southern Alberta attended the. meeting to meet the men in- volved in marketing systems in Canada. Mr. Calpas said it was also to provide the men with infor- mation that could be related to a similar marketing seminar to be held in Lcthbridge in March. The district agriculturists contacted possible res o u r c e speakers and were able to for- mulate what they could con- sider a good outline for the local meeting. The men will be able to up- date me thinking of the depart- ment toward agricultural trans- portation, having now listened to the speakers at the Regina meeting, said Mr. Calpas. 7 amis DROWN BANGKOK (Heuter) Seven schoolgirls between 11 and 13 were drowned when a boat cap- sized in a canal in southern Phatthalung province, police said here. electrician, a doctor Mr. Sadownik asked. Mr. Moir said he believes it is the duty of the Law Society to see that anyone who is liable tc lose his livelihood or his free- dom ought to be represented even if it means that lawyer must contribute his time free. Legal aid In Alberta began ill 1964 but only since July 1, 1970 has the province contribute any money for lawyers' sen' ices. "It's extremely easy to say that one should have a paii premium judicare Mr Moir added. "I have spent a great deal of time trying to think of a way such a scheme could be made interesting to the public. "The average fellow can see why he needs a doctor. But why would you, for instance, pay or a year when you may not even need a CITES DRAWBACKS Mr. Moir also said the profes- sional criminal or the persoi who would become a perpetua litigant in civil cases if he couJc get free legal aid easily woulc make it difficult to operate a wide-open judicare system. Mr. Sadownik's response about the difficulty of selling legal care Insurance was that II could be imposed by the govern- ment just as medical care hac been. Mr. Sadownik said the com- plaint about the professional criminal or the perpetual Utv gant had been threshed out long ago in the case of medical care. Mr. Sadownik said he doesn't care if his plan leads to social- ism. "No system is going lo tell me how to practise law. The only difference will be that somebody else is going to pay the bills. "And if we get socialized law, we'll get paid for all we do. At the present time, we don't." FUR SALE WITH OUTSTANDING SAVINGS ON ALL FURS CANADIAN FURRIERS PARAMOUNT THEATRE BUILDING 4th AVE. S. The Lethkidge Herald THIRD SECTION LethbrJdge, Alberta, Wednesday, January 12, 1972 Could be election issue PAGES 33-46 Battle looms on competition bill By GERARD McNEIL OTTAWA (CP) A pitched battle is developing between Prime Minister Tiiideau's government and' big business over the future of the pro- posed competition bill. It could be a major election Issue. consumer Airairs minister Ron Bastard warns opponents that the bill, winch would toughen the ground rules lor business, has broad popular support. It would be unwise, he says, for big business to line itself up against an electorate that is demanding change. TtK brusque Basford, 33, in- troduced the bill last June and has made extensive efforts to draw comment on its details from those it would affect. More than 390 corporate lawyers have come to Ottawa to discuss it with officials, and the officials have gone out Ln teams to explain it to the country. The bill is undergoing revi- sion and Is to be reintrodiiced during the new session of Par- liament, now expected to begin in February. WON'T ALTER BILL H. J. Hcmens, a vice-presi- dent of Du Pont of Canada Ltd., has told the Chemical Producers Association Mr. Basford has no intention of al- tering the bill substantially. The Canadian Manufactur- ers Association want it with- drawn for extensive overhaul. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce says a panel of businessmen should be in- cluded in the drafting process. The Canadian Real Estate Association threatens to raise to fight the bill, which vice-presider, Albert Fish calls "the most onerous, omi- nous and dangerous legisla- tion to organized real estate." The Canadian Daily News- paper Publishers Association ownership, of dallies is the proposed powers to prohibit or dissolve mergers are "unwarranted in- terference with freedom of the Business calls the bill "so- cialistic consumerism" and says it was drafted by aca- demics out of touch with the "real world." Mr. Basford replies that business itself may be out of s o. He points to voting trends in re- cent elections and to the complaints about busi- ness practices he says his de- partment has received. TAKE EFFECTIVE ACTION "The message of what is ex- pected of government is he told the Central Canada Broadcasters Associa- tion. "Take effective action against the problems we face, or we'll elect somone who will of party label or ideology." Financial experts say the bill would alter drastically the rules by which business oper- ates. The Times of London, after a first look, called the bill "probably the toughest set of business rules anywhere in the free world." In a speech in Montreal Dec. 12, Mr. Trudeau said the government is making laws "for the good of the not farmers, workers or man- agement. The object is a country that is "free, prosperous and has social justice." The iron-fisted provisions of the competition bill, under which corporate law-breakers could be fined up to million and jailed two years for a first offence, would replace the Combines Investigation Act. WAS INEFFECTUAL The combines act has proved ineffectual in trying to cope with monopolies and merger in the criminal courts. The new law would establish a competitive practices tri- bunal operating under civil law. The seven-member tribunal would be able to prevent cor- porate giants from buying out competition or driving it out of business through prlce-fis- ing, price discrimination and other practices. The tribunal also would be able to carry out public inves- tigations into where a small number of companies control an industry take action to cut their power. Main criticism of the pro- posed tribunal is that its pow- ers would be too extensive and undefined, leaving busi- ness open to action for almost my agreement. Federal studies in the 1960s that probably every nun, woman and child in the coun- try is being affected by con- centration of ownership in the food, housing, transport and clothing industries. INCLUDES MANY FIELDS Industries with heavy con- centration of ownership and little evidence of price compe- tition included: Sugar, break- fast cereals, gasoline, oroc- essed cheese, flour milling, beer, glass products, cookies, tires, soaps and cleansers, synthetic textiles, cement, gypsum and asbestos prod- ucts, and light bulbs. A royal commission on farm machinery reported thit four international farm trac- tor companies had over- charged Canadian farmers by about million in a three- year period through price-fix- ing. Another royal commission on food prices found three companies making 90 per cent of breakfast cereals. They were earning, after taxes, profits equal to 32 per cent on their investment. The first combines law was drafted in 1889 after MPs found monopolies driving up the price of coal, sugar and other staples in Toronto. But the Senate modified the bill, requring proof of "undue in- fluence'-' on a msrket. HARD TO PROVE Prosecutors found they practically had to prove the existence of a monopoly to get a conviction, and judges inter- preted the "undue" require- ments narrowly. Attempts during the 1960s to prosecute the sugar and brewing indus- tries foundered on the ques- tion of "undue influence" on the market. What did "undue" mean? The competition bill re- moves the "undulies" and provides an unambiguous pro- hibition on collusive and mon- opolistic actions. The Canadian Manufactur- ers' Association, in a brief to Mr. Basford, says this would open industry to prosecution even for trivial agreements and would "stifle almost all legitimate business activity." Mr. Basford showed no sign of giving way. "As the saying he told the CMA, "you can't be a little pregnant. I fail to see how government can accept that price-fixing agreements are all right so long as every- one doesn't do it." Not all businessmen dislike. the bill. Service station opera- tors and auto dealers, for in- stance, would be able to ap- peal to the tribunal against franchise agreements that they say force them to main- tain prices at a certain level, or carry a whole line of prod- ucts to get the commodity .they want. Mr. Basford argues that Hie bill could check inflation by opening the market to aore competition and greater effi- ciency. He says, for instance, that every government in Canada has complained to him about identical tenders, which would be outlawed under the bill. The Canadian Labor Con- gress and the Consumers As- sociation of Canada have en- dorasd the bill, saying only that it doesn't go far enough. 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